Respiratory Care Degree Program

Respiratory Care is a health specialty relating to the diagnosis, treatment, preventive and rehabilitative care of individuals suffering from deficiencies, diseases and abnormalities affecting the process of breathing.  They are trained to be members of the highly technical life support teams, patient educators and rehabilitation specialists. The Respiratory Care curriculum has a variety of program options sequenced to offer the student the greatest flexibility in achieving their career goals.  While the programs are listed separately, they are actually combined in a unique sequencing format.  They can be taken in phases.  Students may enter at any time into Phase I (Pre-Respiratory Care Certificate), which includes all the general education and related courses (English, math, anatomy and physiology, integrated science, etc.) required by the curriculum.  The student can take all or part of these courses prior to taking the professional courses.  The student determines the length of time they want to spend in this phase before moving into the next phase (Phase II).

Phase II may be started only in the fall semester and completes the technical or professional training.  Here, students study respiratory care procedures and concepts in class, laboratory and clinical facilities.  The curriculum blends classroom, laboratory and hospital experience.  Much of the time is spent in supervised patient-care learning while working with physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other members of the health care team at clinical sites.

The Respiratory Care program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Students graduating from the Respiratory Care program are eligible to take the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Certification Examination and the Advanced Practitioner Credentialing Examinations given by the NBRC.  Upon successful completion of these registry examinations, graduates are designated as Registered Respiratory Therapists.  Graduates from the program are eligible to apply to the South Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners for state licensing.

Pre-Respiratory Care Certificate (26 Credit Hours)


A minimum of 82 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Students must attain a grade of “C” in all respiratory care, mathematics and science courses to successfully complete the certificate. Students may not repeat curriculum, mathematics and/or science courses more than once. Students are permitted to repeat no more than two different courses.



  1. A pre-interview hospital tour and pre-admission interview are required prior to acceptance. If applicable, ENG 100, RDG 101 and MAT 101 must be completed prior to qualifying for a hospital tour and program interview.
  2. Students must earn a minimum grade of "B" on the first attempt in BIO 112 or an equivalent course.
  3. One or more of the objective criteria for admission may be waived or modified for certain highly qualified applicants based on the Program Director's decision.
  4. Graduate Entry Level Therapists or CRTs are eligible for advanced placement, but the COMPASS placement test and a physical are required before a student can be evaluated for entry in the program.
  5. Transferability of courses and course substitution must be approved by the Program Director.
  6. Students have the option of taking equivalent college transfer courses or electives in lieu of required courses with approval from the Program Director.
  7. For all other policies, see the respiratory care student handbook, the MTC catalogue, and the MTC Advisement Manual.